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the attack on the consolelate in benghazi. abc pointing out that rice had been criticized before specifically for her past work during the clinton administration. aledgedly she was a little too sympathetic to the row juan dan president at the time. but there is conflicting reports. >> that's from my upcoming benefit for victims of hurricane sandy. i booked the strongest, smartest comics i could find. my comedian friends and i will raise money to rebuild homes and lives one laugh at a time. >> awe damn, the lights are out! you know what? i'll watch a little television until they come back on. >> only on current tv. [ technical difficulties ] >> it got great reviews when it was on broadway. >> stephanie: right, we're going for booze and dope after the play. >> you should go to porter grill while you are downtown there. >> stephanie: okay. >> stephanie: susan [ inaudible ] owns the place. >> stephanie: awesome. >> let's tell everybody where we're going to be. [ applause ] [ laughter ] >> stephanie: exactly. for all of you pervs out there. sorry mrs. schechner. washington
confirmed would have offered the perfect opportunity to open up this whole benghazi thing, where no answers have yet been given. >> you were on television with her. >> i was, i was. >> on that fateful morning. >> i was on the candy crowley show when she appeared, right here in this building. watched it, had my little pad in front of me. when she said it -- honestly, when she said it, i uttered an expression that i can't say on television. it starts with a b. bull -- >> you didn't believe it? >> i didn't believe it because here you had an attack with rocket-propelled hand grenades, mortars, very well executed, very well prepared. maybe i was a little more sensitive to it because it was on the anniversary of september 11th, i had just come from a dinner with all the people that survived september 11th with me. i said is this woman out of her mind? what is she talking about, a spontaneous attack? did somebody give her that? and this idea that she just read the notes. don't you exercise some intelligence about this? >> in an op-ed piece in the "washington post" she says these unclassified point
repeatedly characterized a terror attack against the u.s. consulate in benghazi as a protest gone wrong. a statement from the white house maintains her comments were based on intelligence she had at the time. rice explained why it was she and not secretary clinton answering those tough questions on national tv. >> why was it you that sunday morning? of all the people in government, why the u.s. ambassador to the united nations answering questions on the attack. >> it wasn't that usual. i've done shows in the past. secretary clinton had been asked by most of the networks to go on. she had an incredibly gruelling week dealing with the protests around the middle east and north africa that enveloped our embassies. she had to deal with the loss of our four colleagues in benghazi. and console the whole state department, greet the families and the bodies. and she declined to do it. and i was asked by the white house if i would do it as the next senior american diplomat. we were talking about a range of issues that week. it wasn't just benghazi as you'll recall. it was a broad spectrum of forei
following the benghazi tragedy today ambassador rice withdrew her name from consideration to be nominated for secretary of state. in an interview with brian williams, rice pointed to the distraction the republican attacks have caused. >> today i made the decision that it was the best thing for our country for the american people that i not continue to be considered by the president for nomination as secretary of state because i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive because there are so many things we need to get done, as a country. and the first several months of the second term president's agenda is really the opportunity to get the crucial things done. we're talking about comprehensive immigration reform balanced deficit reduction, job creation, that's what matters and to the extent that my nomination could have delayed or distracted or deflected or made even some of the priorities impossible to achieve, i didn't want that and
that the political traction they could not get before the election in attacking the president for the benghazi attack, they would try to get instead after the election by attacking susan rice for the benghazi attack. they attacked her specifically for going on sunday morning talk shows after the attack and delivering the administration's talking points about what was believed to have happened there. it later emerged that those talking points were exactly what the intelligence agencies told the administration they should say about the attack. senator mccain described that as the worst cover-up he had ever seen in his life. he said it was worse than watergate. he said that that susan rice, she's not very bright. actually used that phrase about her, "not very bright." part of the reason susan rice became such a high-profile potential nominee was because of that criticism from republican senators. more than that, it ended up becoming a very high-profile potential nomination because of the president's response to that republican criticism. >> let me say specifically about susan rice, she has done exemplar
as secretary of state. many questions remain on the response to terror attacks in benghazi. some wonder whether or not we'll learn the truth. good morning, everybody. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom." we have our nice little "elf" here today. >> i'm alisyn camerota in for martha today. she wants to avoid a vote, length i, disruptive and costly confirmation process. critics say regardless of ryce's decision the investigation into benghazi will continue. here is lindsey graham on that. >> i hold her accountable and responsible for misleading the american people. failures on the intelligence community. there is fog of war component. i think she was chosen for a reason bill: still more on that statement now with buy on york, chief political correspondent for the "washington examiner". good morning to you. so many questions remain. first off why did they make this move now? >> because time was running out and the administration, i think, hoped that opposition among republicans in the senate to rice would diminish but it didn't. the thing that really killed it, they understood, john m
with the loss of our four colleagues in benghazi and the state department, greet the families and the bodies, and she declined to do it. it wasn't what i had planned for that weekend originally, but i don't regret doing that, brian. i think when you're a diplomat and a public official and a tragedy happens and it is related to the work that you do, it's our obligation to try to explain it as best we can to the american people, and that's what i did. >> did you want the job? >> i would have been very honored to serve in that job, just as i'm delighted to do what i'm doing. but yes, sure. how can you not want to -- in my field -- serve at the highest possible level? >> i tell you what, hillary clinton, i'm sure she was tired. we all get tired. she works around the clock. but you know what she was doing. >> yeah. >> hillary, that's the political experience. you see it in the corporate world, the political world, the pros that have been around the block a few times. >> decline. >> they know when to step aside. and this is -- i've seen this happen in washington time and time again. i saw it on th
of the september 11 attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi, libya, that killed ambassador chris stephens and three others. five days after that attack, rice appeared on "face the nation"." >> we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude this was premeditate or preplanned. >> reporter: republicans, led by john mccain, charged that the administration already knew that it was a planned terrorist attack. >> it is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect. >> reporter: in november, rice testified behind closed doors on capitol hill, but her critices, like senator lindsey graham, were unrelenting. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before that 16th september explanation about how four americans died in benghazi, libya. ambassador rice, i think does not do justice to the reality at the time, and, in hindsight, clearly was completely wrong. >> reporter: last month, the president defended rice with a rare flash of public anger. >> when they go after the u.n. ambassador, apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a
following her television attacks following the attacks in pecan pecan benghazi. she said it's manufactured charges that gave a false picture of her character and that she was simply filling in for hillary clinton on those television shows and never meant to mislead the american people. now that rice's name is out of the running, obama's next top choice is likely senator john kerri. he has so far had no comment but he is a pick that republicans wanted especially john mccain who has been grilling rice on those t.v. appearances ever since september. last night mccain's spokesman said he thanks rice for her services and wishes her well but will continue looking for facts about what happened during that benghazi. more "bill press" coming up and live in our chat room at current/basepress. see you there. matter. >> i work with adults with developmental disabilities. growing up i had a single mother of four and people in the community were so helpful when they didn't even have much themselves. seeing people and their hardships made me want to make a difference in people's
. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received is outrageous. >>> welcome to "the ed show." after weeks of unfair attacks by republicans, u.n. ambassador susan rice withdrew her name to be the next possible secretary of state today. in a letter to the president rice said that she could have done the job effectively but added her confirmation process could hurt the country. in an interview that will air tonight on "rock center," the ambassador had a slifrm explanation for nbc news's anchor man brian williams. >> today i made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the american people that i not continue to be considered by the president for nomination as secretary of state because i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting, and very disruptive. because there are so many things we need to get done as a coun y country. and the first several months of a second-term president's agenda is really the op
in benghazi. she blamed an angry mob, not a terrorist attack by al qaeda. rice has said that she was working off of information she had at the time, but republicans largely led by senator john mccain have accused her of misleading the american people and said because of that, they wouldn't support her nomination. it was that pushback that led her to give a letter to the president saying that she did not wish to be considered. she said she believed the confirmation process would be long, lengthy and disruptive and just not worth it to the country at this time. president obama did accept that decision, and then said that he regretted it but also said that it spoke to her character. she will likely continue to work close w closely with the president, either as his u.n. ambassador or as his security adviser. he will likely now nominate senator john kerry. larry? >> many thanks. on top of the susan rice story, we are also learning tonight that retired nebraska republican senator chuck hagel is reportedly on president obama's very short list for secretary of defense. to talk about that now, my gre
terrorist attack in benghazi. now ambassador rice five days later blamed all the violence on a youtube video when all the evidence showed it was not true. president obama responded to the letter and said the attacks on ambassador rice have been unfair and misleading. in typical fashion, the media jumped in, nbc news specifically, to rice's defense, continued thei r false narrative that any criticism of her is not rooted in her false testimony about racism. another dog whistle. watch this. >> i think this has become an impossible challenge for her to be confirmed, that she realized that. the white house realized it as well. i think they know they are on good political solid ground as you were just pointing out. this is not going to be -- this won't help republicans at all, the fact that a woman and a woman of color has been forced out of a confirmation process even before she was nominated. >> sean: joining me with reaction, former speaker of the house newt gingrich. how are you? >> i'm doing very, very well. i couldn't help but smile just now at that absurdity. the republican party did nomin
republicans who suggested that she purposely misled the country about the benghazi attack that killed ambassador christopher stevens. joining me now is bill press. he's most of current tv's "full court press." he's author of "the obama hate machine." the lies, distortions and personal attacks on the president and who is behind them and he's somebody who follows this stuff night and day in d.c. bill, so glad to have you back inside "the war room." especially on an unbelievable news breaking day like today. >> bill: hey governor, it is great to join you. thank you. >> jennifer: are you surprised by susan rice dropping out? >> bill: you know what? i'm surprised and i'm disappointed. i gotta tell you i think she's a great great american. i know her well. if i had to pick the top three female leaders in this country today, i would say hillary clinton, jennifer granholm and susan rice. [ laughter ] >> jennifer: you are so funny. bill press for -- we'll put you for secretary of labor. why don't we do that. >> bill: all r
. you don't need to expend all this political capital on what is going to be an interminable benghazi investigation. john mccain signaling he wants to go on the foreign relations committee, he was going to lead the way. >> let's get this from chuck as well. do you think that clinton, secretary clinton or former president clinton, they have done this i know in private, said what they thought about this, they were for kerry. did they ever express that or lobby for kerry or against rice in this case do you know? >> it's my understanding they didn't. i think that hillary clinton understood where the president's loyalties lie, that he was leaning towards susan rice, and she wasn't going to start a debate and try to -- and i think, in fact, those close to secretary clinton really tried to snuff out those stories that secretary clinton wanted kerry over rice, didn't want to have rice replace her. i think she stayed out of that a lot. so i don't think that they were going to step into that at all. i mean, i know there's always been speculation that susan rice and secretary clinton weren't clo
to do with benghazi security. i think it is shameful. host: thank you for the call. two headlines from "the washington -- the wall street journal." below that is a story related to what we are focusing on, that is susan rice announcing she is taking her name out of consideration. the leading candidate to replace, john kenney who is the chairman of the foreign relations committee. the story from inside the wall street journal. we are joined from georgia on the independent line. caller: thank you for taking my call. i think this is terrible what has happened to ambassador rise. the hypocrisy of this congress -- george bush lied to us about weapons of mass destruction, tens of thousands of people have died in iraq and they have nothing to say about it. obviously they are fiscal conservatives, george bush could not care what happened with the economy. i think it is terrible and time the partisanship needs to end at enter our country and they need to place people of in position who will do what is best for us. host: thank you for the call. let me go back to susan rice with this editorial. y
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